Introduction to Confession

(1) The Ten Commandments.
Hear the commandments
  which God has given to his people,
  and examine your hearts.
I am the Lord your God:
You shall have no other gods but me.
You shall not make for yourself any idol.
You shall not dishonour
  the name of the Lord your God.
Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy,
Honour your father and mother.
You shall not commit murder.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness
  against your neighbour.
You shall not covet anything which
  belongs to your neighbour.

(2) The summary of the law.
Our Lord Jesus Christ said:
The first commandment is this:
‘Hear O Israel, the Lord our God is the only Lord. You shall love the Lord your God   with all you heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’
The second is this:
‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’
There is no commandment greater than these. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

(3) Life in the Spirit.
Let us hear the call of the apostle Paul, to walk by the Spirit and so not gratify the desires of the sinful nature: ‘The works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies and things like these. Those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is: Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. For those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.’

(4) The beatitudes.
Let us hear the Lord’s blessing on those who follow him.
Blessed are the poor in spirit, 
  for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.    
Blessed are those who mourn, 
  for they shall be comforted.    
Blessed are the meek, 
  for they shall inherit the earth.    
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, 
  for they shall be satisfied.    
Blessed are the merciful, 
  for they shall obtain mercy.    
Blessed are the pure in heart, 
  for they shall see God.    
Blessed are the peacemakers, 
  for they shall be called children of God.    
Blessed are those who suffer persecution for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

(5) Us and our children.
Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all you heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.